Actor Burt Reynolds, of 'Smokey and the Bandit,' dead at 82

Burt Reynolds dies at the age of 82

Burt Reynolds dies at the age of 82

A MI native transplanted to Florida, he was an American football player in his youth, but switched to acting after a knee injury was aggravated by a vehicle accident. In fact, the role of the former Astronaut in Terms of Endearment was specifically written for Reynolds but he passed it over to do the race vehicle film, Stroker Ace.

Reynolds inspired a wide range of responses over his long, erratic career: critical acclaim and critical scorn, commercial success and box office bombs. His final movie, "Defining Moments", is set to be released in December, the Hollywood Report said in its story.

"I have been advised he died this morning", Lane said.

"It was the only time I saw men get up, sick, and walk out of a theater", he added.

Born in southern Georgia, Reynolds and his family moved to MI and eventually to southeastern Florida, according to his profile on the website of the Florida Artist Hall of Fame, in which he was inducted in 1993.

He began appearing on television in the late 1950s, but it wasn't until 1962 that he secured a consistent role as the half-Native American blacksmith Quint Asper on Gunsmoke.

He starred in more than 80 films, including his break-out hit Deliverance, as well as Smokey and the Bandit, and Boogie Nights, but he turned down being James Bond in 1970. He also became a sex symbol after posing nude for Cosmopolitan magazine in 1972.

Reynolds did not earn a major award for his acting until he returned to TV, claiming an Emmy in 1991 and Golden Globe the following year for his role in Evening Shade. Reynolds was romantically linked with a string of women that, among others, included tennis star Chris Evert, Smokey and the Bandit co-star Sally Field, and singer and longtime partner Dinah Shore, who was 20 years older.

Reynolds also played a starring role in the 1977 football movie "Semi-Tough", which co-starred Kris Kristofferson.

Again, the star expressed regrets.

Reynolds would go on to marry actress Loni Anderson in 1988. He also earned an Oscar nomination for his role as a porn director in 1997's Boogie Nights.

Reynolds had been battling health issues in past years.

He is also known to have owned several custom-made sports cars, 150 horses, and an impressive toupee collection valued at $100,000.

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